Moreton Bay (Quandamooka) & Catchment

Communities & Values

Communities & Values

We focus here on the importance of waterways in southeast Queensland to residents and the economy. We report on concerns about declining condition and threats. We explore how values towards these waterways have changed, from a simple focus on enjoying the beauty and using the resources in the 1940s to 1970s, to greater complexity in engagement with periods of polarisation. Qualitative research shows that today many values are shared, offering good basis for consensus. There are subtle differences, however, between Indigenous and non-Indigenous values, and those in the upper and lower catchments. The region has active community stewardship, with Traditional Custodians caring for their country in customary ways, and many active community-based stewardship organisations, including 15 catchment management organisations and many Landcare and monitoring groups.


Values towards Moreton Bay and catchments Helen Ross, Natalie Jones, Katherine Witt, Breanna Pinner, David Rissik, James Udy et al.
Stewardship of waterways Rachael Nasplezes, Joel Bolzenius, Apanie Wood, Ryan Davies, Michelle Smith, Anne Cleary, Paul Maxwell, David Rissik and Helen Ross

The natural capital value of Moreton Bay and SEQ’s Catchments Jim Binney, Jackie Robinson, Jim Smart, Adrian Volders et al.